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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome FAS

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome FAS

What is fetal alcohol syndrome? A congenital syndrome caused by excessive consumption of alcohol by the mother during pregnancy. Women who drink alcohol during pregnancy, she risks the baby growing healthy. 

The common risk when consuming alcohol during pregnancy is retardation of mental development, physical growth, and side affect of the skull and face of the infant. There are many complications that involve drinking and pregnancy.

What Are The Causes And Risk Factors of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome FAS?

The number one reason for fetal alcohol syndrome FAS is from drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The more you drink while pregnant, the increasingly risk your place on your unborn baby. 

It’s one of the leading causes of retardation in babies born.  There is no safe amount of alcohol you should be taking during pregnancy.

Make sure to avoid any type of alcohol during your entire pregnancy to eliminate any risk on your baby. FAS affect the growth of your baby, the growing bones in the face and skull, and the nervous central system. Please talk with your doctor if you have any questions about drinking while pregnant. 

How Does Alcohol Affect The Fetus?

A woman who drinks alcohol while she is pregnant may cause risk factors of the baby developing fetal alcohol syndrome FAS. The baby brain and spinal cord cells can be harm and damage. 

The alcohol can cause to prevent certain nutrients to reach the baby’s developing body. The alcohol will affect the baby tissue and organs.

What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?

The common signs and symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome are the following:

  • Growth retardation
  • Small eyes with drooping upper lids
  • Flat cheeks
  • Short, upturned nose
  • Small teeth
  • Mental retardation
  • Small jaw
  • Thin upper lip
  • Hyperactivity
  • Problems with learning
  • Seizures
  • Impaired language development
  • Delayed development of motor skills
  • Organ dysfunction
  • Poor social skills
  • Excessive anxiety
  • Increase risk of epilepsy
  • Poor memory
  • Kidney defects
  • Learning disorders
  • Hearing disorder
  • Small skull
  • Decreased birth weight
  • Caved in chest wall
  • Heart murmur
  • Development delay
  • Extreme nervousness 
  • Low birth weight

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention

Fetal alcohol syndrome, can be easily preventable by simply avoiding alcohol during your pregnancy. If you find difficulty with drinking make sure to speak with your doctor. 

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